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Smokefree Policy

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​The Smokefree Policy is aimed at improving the health and well-being of Auckland’s communities by reducing the prevalence of smoking and de-normalising smoking behaviour.

Toward a smokefree nation

A smokefree city is part of the Auckland Plan. It aligns with the government's goal of becoming a smokefree nation by 2025.

Our Smokefree Policy 2017-2025 identifies:

  • areas where we have responsibility
  • the best way to make Auckland a smokefree city by 2025.

How the policy will succeed

While the policy aims to improve the health and well-being of Auckland’s communities by reducing the prevalence of smoking and de-normalising smoking behaviour, it does not propose to ban smoking.

The policy has been promoted through education and awareness, and uses signage and other forms of communication. 

The success of the policy relies on social pressure to comply.

The Smokefree Policy 2017-2025 Implementation Plan

The plan identifies specific activities we will be doing to create a smokefree city in four broad areas of responsibility:

  • around our assets and facilities
  • making our public places smokefree
  • having smokefree events in the city
  • informing the public of the smokefree goal.

The plan lists out the areas that will become smokefree.

Get a copy of the Smokefree Policy 2017-2025 Implementation plan

Smokefree areas

Current smokefree areas

The areas that became smokefree since the policy was adopted in 2013 are:

  • all parks and reserves
  • playgrounds
  • skate parks
  • sports fields
  • train stations and platforms, bus stations and shelters, and ferry terminals
  • public outdoor areas associated with the council:
    • service centres
    • local board offices
    • libraries
    • stadiums
    • swimming pools
    • community facilities and halls
    • museums
    • the zoo
    • wharves
    • car parks
    • leisure, recreation and arts centres.

Smokefree public areas to be rolled out starting in November 2017

  • Plazas, civic squares, shared spaces, urban centres.
  • The areas around sports clubs on council land.
  • Alfresco dining areas.
  • Common areas of council housing.
  • Beaches.

Alfresco dining areas

Restaurants, cafes and bars with a licence to use the street pavement for their outdoor dining, will need to have those spaces smokefree when their outdoor dining licence gets renewed.

Most existing outdoor dining licences will be renewed between June and August 2018 when a smokefree requirement will be included in the new licence.

For new licences, a smokefree requirement will be included in the licence terms and conditions from January 2018.

Our tip

We encourage all outdoor dining areas to be smokefree, so staff and the public are safe from the carcinogen effects of second-hand tobacco smoke.

Smokefree indoor areas

The Smokefree Policy does not cover smoking in indoor areas. This is regulated by the Smokefree Environments Act 1990.

For complaints about smoking indoors, contact the Auckland Regional Public Health enforcement officers at 09 623 4600.

Policy review 2016

A scheduled review of the policy was completed in July 2016.

The review found that the policy framework and intent are generally sound and well supported by stakeholders. However, implementation has been gradual and fragmented. It hindered the policy's effectiveness in meeting its purpose and objectives.

Directions drawn from the review

At the Regional Strategy and Policy Committee meeting on 4 August 2016, the results of the review were presented to elected members. They have directed staff to:

  • revise the smokefree policy
  • focus on implementation, and
  • investigate a smokefree bylaw to complement the smokefee policy.

Get a copy of the review

​Get a copy of Smokefree Policy FAQs